Item #8136 The Woman’s Bible : Editor : Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

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The Woman’s Bible : Editor : Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

[N.p., n.d., ca. 1920]. Broadside, 16.5” x 9.5”, text in two columns. CONDITION: Very good, one central vertical fold.

A scarce anti-women’s suffrage broadside, evidently printed shortly before the ratification of the 19th amendment, using quotations from Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Woman’s Bible to attack the suffrage movement.

Following a brief history of the Woman’s Bible and numerous quotations of “objectionable” passages, this broadside asks: “Are you willing for women who hold these views to become political powers in our country?” According to the Museum of the Bible, it was “likely distributed in Southern states such as Tennessee,” which, in an extremely close vote, “became the 36th state to approve the [19th] Amendment in August 1920.” Tennessee was the center of an aggressive anti-suffrage campaign, and in an August 7th announcement in the Chattanooga Daily Times, Mrs. Morgan Brown of the National Association Opposed to Woman Suffrage invites gentlemen and their wives to “visit our headquarters and exhibition at the Hermitage hotel when in [Nashville]” to see an exhibition of “original copies of the public documents, statements, histories, etc., from which our literature is compiled…We especially invite you to see the suffrage ‘woman’s Bible,’ an attack on the divinity of Christ…” Carrie Chapman Catt, despite having very early distanced herself from the Woman’s Bible, is here falsely named as “one of the Revising Committee.”

The Woman’s Bible was spearheaded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and its two volumes, written by Stanton and a committee of women and published in 1895 and 1898, argued that English translations of the Bible were biased against women and that the male-dominated Christian establishment marginalized and harmed them. It became extremely controversial within the suffrage movement, and “proved to be the most devastating weapon in the antisuffrage arsenal” (Kern). Most offensive to the authors of this broadside was the overarching argument that “the Bible is not inspired, that Christ is not divine, that the keeping of Sunday has done harm, and that the Christian Church and the Christian ministry have been agents of evil.”

OCLC records just five copies, at the Morgan Library, Colgate, the University of Rochester, Imperial Valley College, and Williams College. Another example is held at The Museum of the Bible.

A last attempt to prevent the passage of the 19th Amendment by framing the suffrage movement as anti-Christian.

REFERENCES: “The Woman’s Bible — This is the Teaching of National Suffrage Leaders,” Museum of the Bible online; Kern, Kathi. Mrs. Stanton’s Bible (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001), p. 71.

Item #8136

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